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Sydney's Bondi Beach Legally Becomes a Nude Beach

Surfers on Bondi Beach

Australia's iconic surfing beach was officially declared  clothing optional, for a good cause.

According to 9 News in Australia, Sydney’s Bondi Beach is going to become a nude beach — for one day.  Thousands will reportedly strip at the popular tourist spot on Saturday for an art installation by photographer Spencer Tunick.  

It's a work aimed at raising awareness of skin cancer and the importance of (reef safe) sun screen. 

It was devised in partnership with Skin Check Champions CEO Scott Maggs, who told that organising this event has been like “climbing Everest” due to red tape.

“The first question we had from police was, ‘how is this legal?’” Maggs said.“Basically, we had to work with the council and we are legally going to classify Bondi as a nude beach just for the installation. We’re literally making history by doing that for the first time at Bondi Beach.”

The Waverley Council officially declared Bondi Beach a nude beach just for the duration of the shoot so no laws are broken.

Organizer hope for more than 2,500 people to strip done, representing the 2,000+  Australians who die from skin cancer every year.

“It’s about celebrating your own body but also sending a message about skin checks and checking your body for cancer,” the photgrapher Tunick said. “We’re so used to seeing pornography on [streaming service] and in cinema but we forget once you go out in public there are a set of rules that are so archaic. I just try to push the envelope in the public space and I’ve found a way to do that with my art.”

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